‘Mini-Mighty’ MSI Z97I Gaming AC Motherboard Review

Ever-increasing popularity of mini-ITX mainboards is accounted for the augmentation of small-sized PC systems, work- and multimedia stations, as well as gaming platforms. The latter lay down specific demands towards hardware base, requiring the combination of high performance, durability and price-efficiency. MSI is ready to satisfy those demands, by offering ‘mini, but mighty’ Z97I Gaming AC system board. Being a part of Intel Z97 chipset family, this tiny tot owns all ‘Gaming’ series facilities, despite compact dimensions. Let’s check them out.

Specs Overview

MSI Z97I Gaming AC is based on Intel Z97 chipset targeting Haswell-based CPUs for Socket LGA1150 platform (Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7 series). The implemented PCB accommodates a pair of DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules (16 GB volume) with the clock frequencies from 1333 MHz to 3300 MHz. Expansion facilities are introduced by a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot with no backup from PCI slots. The board comes …

Meet a New 32” BL3200PT Monitor from BenQ

BenQ is about to introduce in the European market its newest PC monitor with WQHD resolution. Entitled BL3200PT, this 32-inch model is targeting professional users with exacting demands. The monitor features a sleek design, a slim frame, and an unusual stand that resembles a flat spring fixed to the base by a screw. The recommended by the manufacturer price will fluctuate within the measures of 600 EUR.

BenQ BL3200PT is based on VA panel, accompanied by LED backlit. It offers 2560x1440 pixels resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 4 ms response time (GtG) and 12 ms response time (BwB), 100% sRGB color gamut, 300 cd/m2 brightness, as well as the widest viewing angles: 178 degrees in both, vertical and horizontal aspects. Besides, the monitor ensures 3000:1 static contrast and some 12M:1 dynamic one.

To proceed with the specifications, the new-comer complies with the majority of international standards, including Energy Star 5.2, TCO 6.0 and EPEAT Silver. In keeping with the data, …

Gigabyte Unveils GA-E2100N Motherboard with SoC

Gigabyte has replenished its line of mini-ITX motherboards with a new remarkable model: the GA-E2100N. The product is targeting the segment of small-sized desktops or home media systems. It is based on AMD Kabini platform for Socket AM1 and equipped with AMD E1-2100 SoC with passive cooling solution. Featuring 170x170 mm, the board offers the whole range of facilities any modern full-sized model avails.

The integrated into Gigabyte GA-E2100N chip comes with an in-built Radeon HD 8210 graphics core with the support for DirectX 11.1 standard and with 1 MB of L2 cache. The chip operates at 1 GHz frequency, consuming not more than 9 W power. SoC is accompanied by two slots for the installation of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory modules with the maximal frequency of 1333 MHz.

The PCB is designed according to Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 Plus template. It presumes the employment of high-quality components serving to protect the system from humidity, electrostatic discharge, voltage …
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